Teacher Pleads Not Guilty to Daughter’s Murder

THE Ongwediva teacher, who is accused of killing her 26-year-old handicapped daughter and burning her body, says she is leaving her fate in the hands of God.

Shekupe Hildegard Iyambo (48) said this after making her first appearance in the Oshakati Magistrate’s Court on a charge of murder yesterday.

She is accused of killing her daughter, Magdalena Nunyango Amunyoko, whose body was found burnt on a braai stand at the family home in Ongwediva on 10 May.

Iyambo appeared before Magistrate Abel Simataa Sankwasa and was remanded in police custody. Her case was postponed to 8 July to allow for further police investigations.

Sankwasa explained to Iyambo her right to legal representation, should she want one and in response Iyambo, who spoke through an interpreter, said: “I will apply for state legal representation.”

When asked whether she was guilty or not, Iyambo responded: “I am not guilty.”

Iyambo, a teacher at Shapwa Combined School in Ongwediva, was admitted at the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital’s psychiatric ward after her arrest on the day. She was charged with murder in absentia in the Oshakati Magistrate’s Court on Monday last week.

She is suspected to have hacked Amunyoko to death with a panga before burning her body on a braai stand.

Iyambo, who showed no signs of remorse or confusion inside the court room, told The Namibian outside the court after her appearance that although she is the suspect in the murder, she will leave everything in God’s hands, as He is the only one that knows that she is innocent and that she did nothing wrong.

“I did not do anything wrong but I leave it all in the hands of God. Only he can judge me,” said Iyambo as she was being led to apply for legal assistance.

Anna Adriaanse represented the State.

Source : The Namibian